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    The two poems are Names by Wendy Cope and In Oak Terrace by Tony Connor.

    I have to compare and contrast these poems. The exam board in WJEC and it's unit 1 literature.

    The poem “name,” suggests that it’s about names. It could be about how the name affects certain aspects of life or how the society views certain names. The poem “in oak terrace,” is a very ambiguous title, the title could imply a range of things. It could imply that the person has settled down and they’re married or it could imply that their business is about oak houses/sheds.

    The theme of the poem “name” is that the names develop as life progresses. It shows the development from birth right through to the stage of death. The development of the poem “names,” shows that there is a happy aspect of life when you are young but it is dull when you are older. The poem has the idea that as you age the people around you will call you different names, however when you’re born you’re called by your “Christian name,” and where you’re in the hospital people regard you with your proper name. The names that society gives you is not the name that you will take when you die, you will always have your proper name at the end of the day. The theme of the poem “in oak terrace,” is very depressing. The poem shows the transformation and development of life. The woman in the poem has encountered many misfortunes that have scarred her for life; hence her actions reflect her past. The idea of the poem here is that when you’re old no one bothers to look after you. The reader can infer that she is waiting for her death to happen because she is fragile. The poems are both the same because it’s about a female person.

    The poem “name,” shows how people have called her different names. At birth she was known as “Eliza Lily,” but after a few weeks she was known as “Eliza,” and then “Lil.” The reader can infer that as people get used to the person they start to call them with love and no longer regard them as a stranger. It could also be inferred that some people are lazy and do not want to say the full name. Later on in life she started working at a baker, she was regarded as “Miss Steward.” Her name doesn’t make sense because in theory it should be Miss Lily, however the reader can infer that her parents must have had some problem which caused her name to change to “Miss Steward.” Later on she progressed and found a partner who referred to her as “my love,” and “my darling.” The relationship developed and she gave birth to a child hence she is called a “mother.” At the age of 30 her husband past away and she became a widow but then she married another person, we can recognise this because of the prefix “Mrs,” which indicates that after she was a widow she got married again to someone else. Her daughter then grew up, got married and gave birth to a child. The child then regarded her as “Nanna.” Eliza then started to become weak and she was admitted into the “geriatric ward.” A geriatric ward is a ward for people who need constant care. This implies that her family have not taken the responsibility of looking after her. She was used to people calling her “nanna,” but they no longer call her that, this could be because her family are no longer there and her family were the only people that used names such as “Lil,” or “Nanna.” She is “bewildered,” because the people that she used to stay with always called her “Lil,” or “Nanna,” and now they don’t, she is finding it hard to get to grips with her name “Eliza Lily,” that was only used at birth. The poem has an irregular rhyme scheme, and the structure varies. Some stanzas have two lines and some have 6. The mood of the poem is mixed. It’s just like life; people have their ups and downs which is clearly reflected in this poem. The atmosphere of the poem is usually calm and joyous but towards the end she is bewildered.

    The poem “in oak terrace,” is about loneliness and the misfortune that she has had. She is “old and alone,” and this could be due to her age because she is “seventy years,” old. She “knits,” which is typical for a woman of her age to do. She has experienced a lot of events in her life that have scarred her. She has a dream of “poverty, sickness, abandonment, a child’s death, a brother’s brain melting to madness,” this is a dream that she has lived; it could be described as a nightmare. Due to the events that have scarred her, she watches “cowboy’s killings,” which can refer to her past. It seems to me that she cannot accept her past. She “reads the local Births and Deaths,” this could be because she is looking for a person that she knew and is no longer in connection with or it could be that she is thinking if her name will ever be on the list. She no longer feels safe in the world and this could be a reason as to why she sits at night. She is religious because she says her prayers, after all the misfortune, she still has faith in God. The poem has an irregular rhyme scheme, some words rhyme, however the majority don’t. The structure is generally the same throughout the poem, each stanza has 4 lines. The poems pace gets faster when she describes her suffering. The mood of the poem is depressing. She has encountered a lot of misfortune which she had no control over.

    The ending of the poem “names,” suggests that she is in a state which cannot improve; her health is degrading as day’s progress. She is shocked because she didn’t expect a sudden change of name; she feels isolated and no longer feels the love because her family have left her in care. She has gone back to what she was at the start of her life. The ending of the poem “in oak terrace,” suggests that after seventy years she has allowed peace to be a part of her life. She says her prayers and takes her teeth and collects her night things, she is ready to rest. The endings create the effect of silence; life is no longer enjoyable for them.

    The poem “names,” shows the transformation of name and how people are loved and then left alone. In my opinion this is the reality that many are facing today, they were once loved but are no longer cared for, it’s like the people who they once loved are a burden. The poem “in oak terrace,” is similar, the atmosphere of the endings are the same. Everyone experiences the same feeling when death is close to them.



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    When you turn that in, your teacher's going to accuse you of plagiarising it from here.
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    I'd delete it as soon as possible, because plagiarism is a breach of conditions, your coursework submission won't be accepted and they have other measures they take against plagiarism, it'd be a silly reason to lose your ability to submit courseworks in future. Next time, try to securely email someone or something, you could have Pm'ed someone.
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    It's not coursework or anything, it's exam practise.
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    If this were a 40 marker I would award low thirties as there is no indeep evaluation of the writers intentions
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    'Steward' is her last name and 'Lily' is either part of her first name or he middle name, so 'Miss Steward' makes sense.
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    (Original post by Gugugf)
    If this were a 40 marker I would award low thirties as there is no indeep evaluation of the writers intentions
    Please don't bump any threads older than 6 months.
 
 
 
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